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27 April 2016 |   BySteve Poulter
Fugro Author
Under a £2.5million contract for Transport Scotland, Fugro has conducted ground investigations along a 45.8-kilometre section of the A9 road in Scotland.

This advanced phase of the project involved ground investigation of the superficial deposits and bedrock along the A9, from Pass of Birnam to Glen Garry. The scope included exploratory holes in soil and rock, in situ testing, high quality sampling, installation of instrumentation, laboratory testing, post site monitoring and factual reporting.

A9 Site 1-cropped

This investment represents the most expensive transport project in Scotland’s history and presents some of the most challenging work ever undertaken.
Keith Brown, Infrastructure Secretary, Scottish Parliament

The A9 passes through areas which are outstanding in wildlife and landscape terms, some of which are of national or international importance. The road links Edinburgh with Thurso and is a strategic link in the Scottish trunk road network, supporting economic growth in the north of Scotland. It is proposed to dual the entire A9 between Perth and Inverness.

The ground investigations between Birnam and Glen Garry will help inform the ongoing design work for the southern section of the dualling programme.

“Dualling of the A9 has been talked about for decades, but I am proud that the Scottish Government is now delivering this much needed upgrade," commented Keith Brown, Infrastructure Secretary, Scottish Parliament. "This investment represents the most expensive transport project in Scotland’s history and presents some of the most challenging work ever undertaken.”

The exceptional geotechnical work carried out by Fugro on the A9 strategic road has been nominated and shortlisted in the 2016 Ground Engineering (GE) awards, in the category of Ground Investigation Project of the Year.

 

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